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Scaliger Castle in Malcesine
Malcesine and surrounding
Architecture,  Castles, Fortresses, Towers,  Museums, Galleries, Exhibitions
Castles, Fortresses, Towers, 
Museums, Galleries, Exhibitions

The surroundings of Lake Garda, picturesque coastal towns, seem to be from the canvases of the famous Italian Impressionists. In winter, these places attract fans of skiing and snowboarding, and in summer – lovers of yachting, diving, and Nordic walking. And only connoisseurs of ancient architecture like these lands at any time of the year and in any weather because almost every town is crowned with a medieval castle.

One of the most outstanding sights of Lake Garda and the hallmark of the town of Malcesine is the Scaliger Castle, a great ancient citadel that rises on a stone promontory. The most visited tourist attraction and a favorite resting place of the townspeople was built by the Lombards in the middle of the 6th century. But unfortunately, the stone castle did not please its founders for long as it was almost destroyed by the Franks only a few years later. For almost three centuries the castle had remained empty until the same Franks decided to reconstruct it at the beginning of the 9th century.

The ancient Lombard fortress got its present name in the 13th century when the castle was owned by the noble Italian Scaliger dynasty. Members of this family lived on its grounds for a little more than a century, but the name of the castle has remained to this day. Today, everyone can imagine themselves as members of this family, even if only for a few days. The castle is popular among newlyweds, who come from all over the world to celebrate a wedding here.

Besides, the castle houses several interesting museums: from the classic museum of local history and the natural history museum to the fishing museum loved by men, as well as a museum dedicated to the great German poet and writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. But even the fabulous scenery that opens from the castle walls alone is a decent reason to come to the wonderful town of Malcesine and walk to the stone cliff.

Address: Via Castello

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